2018 It’s All About Science Festival


SDPB Science Steve

Join SD Public Broadcasting’s Steve Rokusek in an exciting on-stage demonstration of science.

10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:00 PM.





Sioux Falls will once again host Keith Johnson, KJ BubbleGuy for stage performances and a tour through the science of bubbles.  Visit The Secret World of Bubbles to learn more.


Star Lab: Lakota Star Knowledge & Phantom Universe

Visit the stars and learn about how the Lakota Nation have used the constellations as maps, clocks, and for teaching life lessons to their children as you take a tour of outer-space inside the SD Discovery Center (Pierre, SD)’s Planetarium.  Each ticketed show is 30 minutes and showtimes are: 11:15, 12:45, 2:45, 3:45.  Free Tickets available up to 1 hr ahead of each show.

Star Lab Phantom series : 9:30 AM, 10:15 AM, 1:45 PM

Interview a Scientist (STEM professional)

Visitors at the Science Festival are invited to showcase connect directly with regional STEM professionals.  These scientists, engineers, pilots, etc. will demonstrate some of the cool parts of their jobs and address questions regarding the science, training, and environment associated with their careers.  Scientists are on-site from 10:30 am-12:30 pm and again from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Science Fair Expo (K-8th graders) 

From 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM check-out the awesome science research projects presented and displayed from area youth!

Research Poster Symposium

Down the middle row of the Science Festival you can learn about regional research performed by area high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, post-doc researchers, and teachers. Learn more by visiting with these scientists from 10:00 AM –  12:00 PM  and 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Student Exhibitors:

Harrisburg HOSA: What is living in our mouths?
Check out living bacteria on microscope slides and learn about putting sealants on teeth.


TSP ARCHITECTURE: Penny Bridge Challenge

TSP Architecture provides planning, architectural, and engineering expertise in design solutions for Healthcare, Education, and Government buildings. At the TSP Architecture booth you will have the opportunity to learn how form and design impact the strength of a paper bridge to support an ever increasing load of pennies.


Sanford Research: Drawing out DNA
Visit the Sanford Research staff while drawing out “extracting” your own DNA. Stick around and learn about the education programming that the Sanford PROMISE team has to offer while drawing or coloring your own strand of DNA.

Sanford Research: Population Health

Participate in trivia by spinning a wheel to test your public health knowledge!

Sanford Research: Biomedical Science

Join our “Polymer Party” and explore the wonders and uses of the common polymer, sodium polyacrylate.

Augustana: Biology Department
A variety of interactive activities from Augustana!

Augustana University: STEAM at AU
Explore STEAM with us!


 Dept of Chemistry, USD: The Chemistry of Solar Cars

Did you know you can power a car with water? At least a toy one. Let’s put together two model cars, charge their batteries using solar energy & race!

USD WIMS: Doctor for a Day


Do you ever wonder what it’s really like to be a doctor? Meet doctors, residents and medical students.

Dept of Sustainability & Environment, USD:

Know your Ecological Footprint Determine how your lifestyle choices impact the environment. Take an ecological footprint quiz or compete with others in a footprint game.

USD Society for Biomaterials Student Chapter


South Dakota State University Aviation Program

Come experience the actual controls of a Cessna 172 Skyhawk with our mobile flight simulator!



Composites and Polymer Engineering (CAPE)

Laboratory Explore composite materials and learn about their strength/lightweight capabilities. See a 3D printer live in action!



Sioux Valley Model Engineers Society
How does a train stay on its tracks? Watch a train navigate the rails in N scale. See if you have what it takes to build a set of wheels to keep a train on its tracks!





Children’s Museum of SD:


Exploring Air Wind tunnels are a playful and creative way to explore the effects moving air has on objects, including your very own creations made from everyday materials. Let your imagination soar!



SD Wheat Commission & SDSU Food Science Students:

End Use Quality of Wheat Learn about the versatility of wheat
in food production and the unique contribution it brings to the table in nutrition, health & food functionality. Please follow your nose to this booth!




Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons:
Brownie Fling Flyer Explore the forces that affect flight as you design, build and test a Fling Flyer.



Graduate Women in Science Eastern SD
Join us to find out what a scientist looks like! Our photo booth is fun for all!




Sanford Heart Hospital: Sanford Health Touches Hearts
Have you seen a buffalo heart? Stop by our booth to explore and learn about the structure of the inside of a heart!


Sanford Hearing Center: All Ears – All About Hearing

Review the study of sound, our sense of hearing and the properties that may impact hearing.

Sanford Health: Health Careers

Explore health care with activities and Moulage face painting to demonstrate bumps & bruises!




Center for Brain & Behavior Research

Get to know your brain! Touch and explore real brains, see visual and motor illusions that trick the brain & much more!


Butterfly House & Aquarium: Ocean Marvels
Stop by and see our moon jellyfish



Usborne Books & More: Take Flight

STEM & literacy take flight! Choose from several models with step-by-step directions to fold a paper airplane. Then, head over to the flight zone to test how high, fast and far your plane will go!



College of Pharmacy & Allied Professions MLS Program, SDSU

Dive right into medical laboratory science by using a microscope to discovera blood smear, bacteria & parasites!




McCrossan Boys Ranch
Horse-drawn wagon rides outside! 2,000-pound gentle giants take you around in style!





POET: Biofuels. Oil Alternatives. Cleaner Air.
Learn about the carbon cycle & ocean acidification. Enjoy our photo booth with engineer & scientist props!





Sioux Empire Gem & Mineral Society
Learn about rocks, minerals & fossils from South Dakota and other areas of the country.



Sioux Falls Fire Rescue:

Detecting Hazardous Materials Learn first-hand from local fire rescue about different ways to detect hazardous materials!



Delta Dental of SD:

What is living in your mouth? View the bacteria living inside our mouths under a microscope. Tooth decay is nearly 100% preventable, learn how we can prevent it.


Siouxland Libraries: Check it Out!
See how the library uses technology to circulate materials, track reading points during reading programs & plan/prepare programs for children!




Health Connect of SD: Let’s see how we breathe Interact with our pig lungs demonstration!


Southeast Technical Institute: Sonography Professions

Explore high-tech, high-touch diagnostic medical sonography with the guidance of experienced credentialed sonographers. Use sonography equipment to produce gray scale, Color Doppler, and Spectral Doppler images.


USGS EROS Center: Our Earth from Space
Remote sensing is key to understanding how the planet is changing at local, regional, national and global scales. What can you see in a satellite image?


Washington Pavilion: Explore Space

Join us for an out-of-this-world experience as you get hands-on with space.



Sanford Health: fit
Spin our fit wheel to discover a fun activity!



FIRST LEGO League Partner EmBE: Robot Demonstration

Watch as the Robot Challenge is demonstrated. Learn about FLL programming and camps at EmBe this summer.



Zoo Express 
The @GreatPlainsZoo will be onsite at the festival for a portion of the day with animal artifacts and live animal ambassadors.






The It’s All About Science Festival wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of community sponsors who care about investing in education and our local economy. Whether through monetary support or in-kind effort and man-power, this event would not happen without them.  We would like to send a big thank you out to our 2018 sponsors:

Interested in helping to make future science festivals possible — either through serving on the festival planning committee or sponsorship?

Feel free to contact us!